Island Shakespeare Festival 2023 Summer Season

Expires: February 1, 2023

About the Project

Our mission is to provide accessible classical theatre, realized for a contemporary audience. This audition process is as much an opportunity for you to get to know us as it is for us to get to know you. Please reach out to at any point if you have questions, need assistance, or want to schedule a call or zoom.

We seek company members who are ready and willing to bring a positive and collaborative attitude to the uniquely challenging process of outdoor rotating repertory theatre. ISF is committed to intersectional inclusion and representation, and we are actively working to dismantle systems of oppression in our organization and the work we share. We seek to build an ensemble who will embrace and enhance these values.

Our 2023 season includes William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, directed by Olena Hodges (she/her), and Hannah Cowley's Bold Stroke for a Husband, directed by Emily Lyon (she/her). This production is in partnership with Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre's Expand the Canon program. The casting breakdown is available here and a draft of the rehearsal calendar is available here.

About ISF: ISF is a Pay-What-You-Will company located on rural Whidbey Island, north of Seattle. Whidbey is the ancestral home of Coast Salish peoples including the Swinomish, Snohomish, Suquamish, and Lower Skagit tribes, who were forcibly relocated with the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott.  This video will tell you a little about the ISF ethos and experience. You can view photos from past seasons here, and learn more about who we are on our Facebook page and Instagram.

Housing and Pay: Visiting artistic collaborators are housed locally in home-stays.  Visiting actors will be cast in both productions unless otherwise arranged. We do not yet have AEA contract details or confirmation. This form will be updated when those are confirmed, and AEA submissions will be contacted with that update. Non-union actors cast in both shows will be paid $400 per week, bi-weekly.  Actors cast in one production will be paid $200/week. Pay is subject to state and federal income taxes. The term of the contract is (roughly) 13 weeks, June 7-September 12, 2022. ISF offers a modest travel reimbursement stipend for visiting non-union artists.

Submitting: Please fill out the form below and include a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video with one short classical verse monologue (under 90 seconds). If you are not able to fill out this digital form, please request a PDF version via email from

Please submit videos by February 1, 2023.  Callbacks (with assigned sides from the plays) will be held in person in New York City, Seattle, and Langley, and virtually via video & Zoom through February and March. We will contact you before casting is publicly announced, whether we have roles to offer you or not.


Tips for video:
  • Shoot horizontal rather than vertical
  • Find a neutral background
  • Check your lighting - we'd love to see your expressive face!
  • Aim for your torso to be included (avoid extreme close-up)
  • Don't look at the camera--keep your focus just above or to the side
  • Even though it's video, don't be afraid to use your body and voice - we're looking for you how you'll fill our outdoor space
  • We aren't opposed to pet video-bombs 😻
If you are unable to submit a video, please indicate so below and we will make alternative arrangements.
Our Casting Ethos: 

We believe classic theatre belongs to everyone, and we strive for inclusion and representation of the scope of humanity in our audiences and in our company.  We recognize that as a classical theatre company, we primarily produce plays written from a narrow cultural perspective in a very different historical context from our own.  We believe the expanse of humanity available in these plays transcends those contexts and we are determined to define space in these stories for the rich variety of humans and experiences that exist in our world today.  We invite all artists to submit for opportunities and roles that ignite their creative spirit.

We recognize that most characters we encounter in classic theatre are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns.  We invite gender non-conforming, gender queer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for all roles with which they most identify, and which ignite their creative spirit.  We will specify when characters have specific gender criteria.

We seek to represent all races and ethnicities on our stage and in our company and invite actors of all racial and ethnic identities to submit for all roles that ignite their creative spirit.  We will specify when characters have specific racial/ethnic criteria.

We invite actors who identify as differently abled and/or disabled to submit for all roles which ignite their creative spirit.  We will specify if characters have specific ability criteria.

We believe the characters that exist in these stories may be portrayed by any and everyone, and invite actors of all body shapes and sizes to submit for all roles that ignite their creative spirit.  We will specify if characters have specific physical criteria.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

Inspired by language developed by Kevin Kantor (they/them) and Emily Tarquin (they/them), adapted for our casting process by Olena Hodges (she/her) with contributions from Kyle Haden (he/him), Ada Karamanyan (she/her), Mickey Rowe (he/him), K. Woodzick (they/them), and others.

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Audition Requirements

Please submit a video link for one short classical verse monologue.

Sides will be provided for in-person call-backs.

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